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Building Name: First Presbyterian Church

Studio Name: Tiffany Studios

City: Ypsilanti

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1899

Subject/Title of Window: Van Tuyl Memorial

Brief Description of Subject: The middle section in this memorial window was designed to let light through. Doric columns are pictured as if holding up the canopy and divide this middle section into two lights. These columns are in harmony with the façade which is in the Grecian Doric style.

From the booklet, "Our Memorial Windows: A Brief Description of the Memorial Windows in the Sanctuary of The First Presbyterian Church, Ypsilanti, Michigan," by Doris Milliman, City Historian, page22.

The Van Tuyl Window
Dr. Henry Van Tuyl
March 2, 1831 - January 4, 1892

Henry Van Tuyl was born in Seneca, New York, and was graduated from the Medical College in Albany, New York. He owned a drug store on the south side of Congress Street (now Michigan Avenue) near the corner of Huron Street, and served as the druggist for Ypsilanti for nearly 25 years. He sold the store to Dr. Morford.

Dr. Van Tuyl married Jane Markell, who was born on April 10, 1837. Her parents were Henry and Eliza Markell. In 1873, Henry and Jane were living on the west side of Huron Street between Woodward and Ferris. By 1888 they had moved to the Carey Davis House, 140 South Huron. When church work was assigned by wards in 1875, Dr. Van Tuyl had charge of the first ward. A year later he was on the committee for a social meeting. The Van Tuyls moved to Ann Arbor n 1896.

Henry and Jane Van Tuyl had three children. Janius G. was born in March 1863 and died nine months later. Jennie was born in April of 1865, but she only lived ten months. A third child, Harry, lived to adulthood and married Avonia Damon, the daughter of B. M. Damon.

The Van Tuyls and their two children who died in infancey are buried in Highland Cemetery (Block 86). Mrs. Van Tuyl's name is not memorialized on the window, because she was still alive when the windows were purchased and installed, probably in 1898.

Inscriptions: In Memoriam
Dr. Henry Van Tuyl

Condition of Window: Very good

Height: 15'8"

Width: 4'2"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Lead Came

Van Tvyl Memorial
Van Tvyl Memorial

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